What have JK Rowling and I got in common?

We are both published authors.

As of today, I am as much an author as JK Rowling. ‘Six Months to Get a Life’ is now just as much of a book as War and Peace, Jane Eyre and No-one Ever has Sex on a Tuesday (yes, that is a real book – I haven’t read it yet but I want to).

How do I feel? In a word, proud. The months of plotting and re-plotting, of furious typing, of shunning social events and my children in favour of spending time with my leading characters and their shenanigans were all worth it, just to experience this feeling of pride. ‘Six Months to Get a Life’ is immortal. The e version will exist forever. That is quite a humbling thought.

I also feel hugely excited. Not at the prospect of the money pouring in as people queue up around the block to buy the book (!) but because they will be investing their precious time in my book. It might sound a bit conceited, but I know most of them will enjoy it. I am excited that I will be making people I have never met before smile and maybe even laugh out loud on their way to work, while they are sitting in the doctor’s waiting room or wherever they happen to be.

To ‘proud’ and ‘excited’. I must also add ‘grateful’. Without wishing to appear like I am rehearsing for my Man Booker prize-accepting speech, I do want to say a huge thank you to the many truly inspirational people I have met during the course of my ‘author journey’ (have I ever told you how much I hate that phrase. I just can’t think of a better one). Wendy Clarke and T.O.Weller have both offered me advice along the way, as well as providing me with some much needed exposure via their excellent blogs. Wendy, I am still smiling now after dropping in to your Facebook chat the other morning!

Yvonne, Nicki, Gareth and Dana are all people I have never met before but would now willingly buy lunch for if I ever did meet them. I am sure there have been others too who I will have just offended because I haven’t mentioned them by name.

My boys don’t read this blog (it doesn’t mention Fifa 15 enough for their liking) so I won’t bother droning on about them except to say that they have inspired me in the way they have coped with our real-life changing circumstances. They were a major influence behind the feel-good factor in ‘Six Months…’ Perhaps somewhat fittingly, my eldest is off school, ill, today. We all cope with these situations somehow, don’t we? Essentially, without getting too deep and meaningful, that’s what ‘Six Months…’ is about. Well, that and a bit of a love interest…

Proud, excited, grateful… And apprehensive. I am now the ‘star’ of a US podcast on dating. The word star is in inverted commas for a reason. Billed as a ‘podcast for men’, the ‘chick whisperer’ (oh my God, I can’t believe I am mentioning it by name) is, without doubt, the most ridiculous interview I have done to date. I am so British and reserved. Talking about dating to a raw steak-eating US podcast host isn’t something I do every day. That’ll teach me for writing a HuffPost blog. I just hope they are right when they say that no publicity is bad publicity. If you listen to it, please feel my pain…

Other book promotion I have undertaken has been much more satisfying. I think I will get a mention in the Sunday Express Magazine this coming Sunday. That one will be good for me, although it takes a more serious angle to the angles I normally use to promote my book.

You may also find me on a few more blogs over the next week or two. Get me, I’m banging on about myself again…

I am also having a party on Friday night. I am feeding and watering my friends, and then not letting them out of the house until they have bought at least fifteen copies of my book each, for their mother, their neighbours, their friend whose birthday is coming up in March, that woman over the road who is feeding their cats while they are on holiday etc. etc. I might even make them write reviews while they are there! Ah, reviews… Hopefully they will come flooding in over the next few days.

What’s next for me? Who knows? The book is on sale now. It hasn’t by any means jumped to Number 1 on Amazon. It did reach number 7 in some obscure sub-category for a while. There are a number of ways things could go from here. I am not going to do pessimism today. Being optimistic, people who read the book will love it, share it with their friends who, in turn, will love and share. Sales will go up gradually over a period of weeks and months and by the summer Six Months… will be selling nicely although not spectacularly.

Being even more optimistic, my publicist will find me some more significant exposure and, so long as I don’t mess it up, things might start happening at an accelerated rate. But please, no more American dating shows…

10 thoughts on “What have JK Rowling and I got in common?

  1. Wendy Clarke January 21, 2015 / 11:02 am

    The very best of luck with your launch, Ben and glad to have helped along the way. You will forever now be know as ‘The Chick Whisperer!’ What’s next? Big Brother?

    • Ben Adams January 28, 2015 / 2:28 pm

      Wendy, I quite fancy Strictly Come Dancing… Actually no I don’t. I really don’t…

  2. Chrissy January 21, 2015 / 11:23 am

    Good luck!! Congrats:)

    • Ben Adams January 28, 2015 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks Chrissy. Ps. I write because I have to too.

      • Chrissy January 28, 2015 / 5:07 pm

        We’re all in the same Club. 🙂

  3. Lexa January 21, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    Oh yes indeed you are a published author, many people talk about it, few do it, less become!
    Such a grand feeling, celebrate, pat yourself on the back, shout it from a mountain, bore all your friends by retelling them, and keep going! Congratulations 🙂

    • Ben Adams January 28, 2015 / 2:25 pm

      Thanks Lexa, I have taken your advice. My friends are now hiding from me! I’m still feeling good though…

  4. davidprosser January 21, 2015 / 1:21 pm

    Congratulations fellow author. Feels fun saying that doesn’t it. Very best of luck with the launch and with sales. Don’t forget to send a freebie ( sorry) to your local rag and ask them to review it…and you if possible. A new local celebrity is good fodder for them and hopefully good sales for you.
    All the best
    David

  5. T.O. Weller January 28, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Hi Ben! After just listening to “The Chick Whisperer” with my morning coffee, I have to ask, have you gotten a proper ribbing from the women in your life over that one yet? Though, I must say, I feel rather honoured, as a Canadian woman, to be grouped with the British women. 🙂

    Anyway … I know it’s been a week since the launch and I’m late to this post … somehow, I missed getting notice of it. I hope you share an update soon; the book launch is just the beginning and I would imagine the momentum continues to build?

    • Ben Adams January 28, 2015 / 2:23 pm

      Don’t make me cringe Tracey. That was soooo not me! I just made stuff up so as not to come across as even more of a boring fart than I already did!

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